With Halloween only a week away, the costume scramble has begun. I just finished my daughter's Ladybug Girl costume this week. As I'm sure many of you know, Ladybug Girl (from the picture books by David Soman and Jacky Davis) wears a bright red tutu. I really didn't want to purchase a tutu, especially since some of the fancier ones cost $20+.
Thankfully, Jenni from MissTutu.com just recently contacted me about reviewing her tutu making DVD tutorial, Secrets to Tutu Making Success. Talk about perfect timing. I found the DVD extremely helpful. I'm not sure my homemade tutu would have ended up looking as good without all her helpful tips and detailed instructions on what and how much material to buy and how to assemble the tutu. Without this guide, I would have never thought to use a rotary cutter to cut the tulle and her tips on how much tulle to use saved me from having to make multiple trips to the craft store for more.
Surprisingly, these tutus are very easy to make. I made a Basic Tutu in one hour, from start to finish. Pretty good for my first attempt! With practice, I'm sure that I could easily make one in half the time. The whole tutu cost me about $7 for materials, but if I would have used coupons and shopped around, I could have easily spent much less than that. A bargain, either way.
The Secrets to Tutu Making Success DVD includes directions on how to make 15 different tutu designs, including the Basic Tutu. None of the designs require a sewing machine. Even a novice crafter can easily whip up a tutu by following this DVD guide. In fact, the only sewing required for most of the designs is a few simple stitches to close and secure the elastic waistband of the tutu. Jenni speaks clearly throughout the entire video and her instructions are very easy to follow. It's like attending a tutu making course, but you can learn right in your own home on your own time.
This weekend my daughter brought home one of the class stuffed animal "pets." We need to record all of our activities this weekend with the special puppy and my daughter will share these experiences with her class on Monday. I had such fun making the red tutu for my daughter, I decided to make a tiny tutu to fit a stuffed animal. The doll-sized tutu took me about a half an hour to assemble. The puppy now has her very own ballerina Halloween costume! I hope the teacher won't mind. I wish I would have learned how to make a tutu years ago. These homemade tutus would make perfect Christmas and birthday gifts, besides Halloween outfits!
Head on over to http://www.misstutu.com/ to learn more or purchase the DVD. (When you purchase you'll also receive a downloadable manual and several bonuses for accessories like hairbows and wands.) Jenni offers this entire package for $67 and the purchase comes with a 100% No Question 60-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you search around, you can often find discount codes for as much as $50.00 off, making it extremely affordable. In fact, just for Brimful Curiosities readers, if you order by 10/31 with the code BRIMFUL, you can get the course for $52.00 off!
Also, you can view the "Basic Tutu" part of the tutorial online for FREE - you just need to enter your email address on the main website - http://www.misstutu.com. This is very handy, especially if you need to make a last-minute tutu in time for Halloween or whip one up in time for Christmas for your little Nutcracker ballerina wanna-be!
Thanks to Jenni at misstutu.com, one lucky Brimful Curiosities reader will win this Tutu making instructional DVD course, Secrets to Tutu Making Success (includes DVD and downloadable manual):
To enter, leave a comment letting me know why you'd love to own this instructional DVD.
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